HYDERABAD: As many as 30 students of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) at Moinpet in Vikarabad were made to kneel down under the sun for an hour on Monday, after a guard accused them of stealing her phone. The students were also denied breakfast, verbally abused, and beaten with a stick.
In videos doing the rounds online, students said the guard woke them up before 4 am, used abusive language, and accused them of stealing her phone. She then complained to the special officer, who made them kneel down on the ground.
“Between 6 and 6.30 am, the guard started shouting at us. We were not given breakfast, or even water, and made to kneel down around 10.30 am,” said a student, adding that some of them were thrashed so badly they couldn’t even stand.
Despite KGBV being a residential school for girls, male relatives of a staff member stayed on the campus, students alleged.
“The administration isn’t cautious about our security. Our parents sent us here thinking we would be safe,” said a student. “We want to go home,” another student added.Child rights activist Achyuta Rao has lodged a complaint with the Child Welfare Committee.